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New for 2008: Nominations welcome

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Have you been working in TV for 2-4 years? Are you full of ideas, passion and drive? Then sign up for Fast Track and gain access to some of the most respected programme and policy makers in the business. This year, Fast Track has launched an exciting new feature which enables nominations, so if you know someone deserving of a place, nominate them now via the website.

Fast Track – the talent initiative of MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF)–opens for applications and nominations today for its FREE event which runs alongside the TV Festival. Applications close on 23 June.

The final 40 Fast Trackers participate in a series of intimate and insightful masterclasses, followed by the Edinburgh TV Festival sessions and social events over the weekend. The acclaimed scheme has helped to launch hundreds of TV careers, with alumni including Andrew Zein, Managing Director of Tiger Aspect, Krishnendu Majumdar, Chair of BAFTA Education and Events Committee and Cameron Roach, producer of Life on Mars. Fast Track speakers from previous years include Greg Dyke, Dawn Airey, Jane Root, Stephen Lambert, Armando Iannucci, Stuart Cosgrove and Molly Dineen.

Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision and a Patron of Fast Track, says; “The excellent Fast Track scheme is designed to help talented people, who have already done the hard part of breaking into the industry, to have the fantastic opportunity to gain access to the top executives in British TV. I am involved in Fast Track because one of the best things about my job is watching new talent grow.”

Fast Trackers are given a FREE delegate pass for MGEITF and FREE accommodation is also provided. The event takes place from 20-25 August.

Delegates who have attended Fast Track are also given the opportunity to apply for subsidised training courses, which in the past have included Pitching, Directing and Editing through the Fast Track Training programme.

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